"Through proper interpretation, there exists a unique ability to recognize abnormal processes from trace mineral patterns found in the hair and other tissues. With specific dietary modifications, restoration of a more normal biochemical balance can be achieved, thereby eliminating many nutritionally related endocrine, neurological and even emotional disturbances."
Alliance for Natural Health
David L. Watts, Ph.D.
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American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM)
The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) is a not-for-profit medical society dedicated to educating physicians and other health care professionals on the latest findings and emerging procedures in preventive/nutritional medicine. ACAM's goals are to improve skills, knowledge and diagnostic procedures as they relate to complementary and alternative medicine; to support research; and to develop awareness of alternative methods of medical treatment.
Blood analysis for minerals is a good indicator of the transport of minerals to and from the storage areas of the body (extracellular).
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Hair tissue mineral analysis is a good indicator of the metabolic processes occurring within the cells (intracellular).
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Mercury Policy Project
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ADVANTAGES OF HAIR TISSUE MINERAL ANALYSIS
* Hair specimens can be collected more quickly and easily than blood, urine, or any other tissue, using a non-invasive method.
* Hair analysis is more cost-effective than mineral testing through other means.
* Unlike blood, hair is less susceptible to the homeostatic mechanisms that quickly affect trace element levels.
* Long-term deviations of mineral retention or losses are more easily detected in hair than blood.
* Concentrations of most elements in the hair are significantly higher than found in the blood and other tissues.
* Hair provides a record of past as well as present trace element levels, i.e. biological activity.
* Hair provides information of substances entering the hair from the blood serum as well as from external sources.
* Hair is invaluable in the assessment of toxic metal levels.